Former PokerStars Team Pro, Vanessa Rousso, and her fellow DJ in crime, Melissa Ouellet, get ready to release their first record ‘Kiss Face’ on Feb 5, 2017.
Eric Reiss is currently rocking my world.
The author of The Lean Startup has shown me why I am failing to grow my business helping people to quit alcohol. I am at a crossroads. There are two signs. One heads down a road called ‘persevere’ and the other one takes you to a place called ‘pivot.’
Pivot is a structured course correction designed to test a new fundamental hypothesis about the product, business model, and engine of growth.
You don’t only pivot in your business world.
The same happens in life.
Take Vanessa Rousso, for example.
There was a time when she was one of the sexiest and talented female poker players on the planet. The French-American was a member of the coveted Team PokerStars Pro and was married to fellow PokerStars stablemate Chad Brown.
Rousso was earning many millions of dollars playing live tournaments and was pulling in a nice wedge through her sponsorship deals that included the internet domain giant GoDaddy.
And then came the pivot.
Rousso wasn’t designed to be married to a man. And she wasn’t designed to play poker for a living.
Having studied at the renowned Berklee School of Music, Rousso’s future always had a melody to it. She split from Brown, fell in love with a Montreal DJ/producer/songbird Melissa Ouellet, became the most talked about Big Brother contestant in the show’s history, and on February 5, 2017 – her birthday no less – she will release her first single ‘Kiss Face.’
Now that’s what I call a pivot.
‘Kiss Face’ is the work of N1TEL1TE, the name given to the collective sounds of Rousso and Ouellet. The pair are available for hire, and even have an online merchandise shop where they sell hoodies and baseball caps, showing you can take the girl out of poker, but you can’t take the poker out of the girl.
Here is Rousso in action.
They also have an online shop where they sell hoodies and baseball caps just like poker.
Now go and pivot like it’s 1999, baby.
The Ladies do Good in TCOOP
There was a time when Vanessa Rousso would have been all over PokerStars’ Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP). But she is probably breaking down some beats somewhere leaving a hole that other female poker players are eager to fill.
Liv Boeree finished fifth in Event #25: $700 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Progressive Knockout event for a $24,150.86 score, with the bonus of $12,949.21 in Bounty payments.
Boeree managed to get through a field of 1,733 entrants in that event, but it pales in comparison to the 8,675 participants that Marcella “MenininhaMah” Camargo waded through to win the $27 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Win The Button Progressive KO competition earning $7,478 + $5,607.92 in the process. Another lady, Luciana “luckyno75; Manolea was third.
Camargo was also on top form in the 2016 Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) in Sao Paulo taking the $R600 buy-in Ladies Title for R$14,160 after beating 164 players.
TCOOP continues on PokerStars until the end of the month.